# Mathematician:William Stanley Jevons

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## Mathematician

English economist and logician.

Pioneered the mathematical approach to the study of economics.

Refined and developed George Boole's algebra of classes.

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: 1 September 1835 in Liverpool, England
- Died: 13 August 1882 in Hastings, England

## Inventions and Innovations

- The Logic Piano, an early mechanical computer
- Jevons' Number

Definitions of concepts named for **William Stanley Jevons** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1862:
*A General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy* - 1863:
*A Serious Fall in the Value of Gold* - 1864:
*Pure Logic; or, the Logic of Quality apart from Quantity* - 1865:
*The Coal Question* - 1869:
*The Substitution of Similars* - 1870:
*Elementary Lessons on Logic* - 1871:
*The Theory of Political Economy*

- 1880:
*Studies in Deductive Logic*- 1884:
*Studies in Deductive Logic*(2nd Edition)

- 1884:

- 1882:
*The State in Relation to Labour*

## Notable Quotes

*Can the reader say what two numbers multiplied together will produce the number $8616460799$? I think it unlikely that anyone but myself will ever know.*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "William Stanley Jevons": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1959: A.H. Basson and D.J. O'Connor:
*Introduction to Symbolic Logic*(3rd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text I$ Introductory: $1$. Symbolic Logic and Classical Logic